bitchslapped wrote:Glad you didn't have complications as the complication rate can be high from HIPEC. Any problems w/reintroducing foods to your diet? Any recommendations? Getting in & out of bed ok? Since BFF not local, they have requested she stay in the area an extra week after release from the hospital just in case. I think flying home (takeoff & landing) w/b challenging w/such a large incision, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Imagine she'll need a pillow as a buffer.
I'm thinking those shorter HIPEC surgeries make a huge difference from some of what I have read on here from several years ago.
Thanks. The doctors and hospital staff is wonderful at UCSD. Shorter surgery does help speed up recovery especially if no organs are resected or taken out.
Incision is VERY large so takes time healing. Make sure your friend opt for Epidural- it helps!
Diet is tough. Have to eat small/tiny meals 5-7 times per day. Make sure they start with soft diet. Soups, mashed potatoes , juices, eggs. Drink lot of water. I was on ice cubes and juices in hospital.
Getting in and out of bed gets hard after Epidural is removed but must do it without support as it helps. Walk walk walk walk... as much as possible - the body allows.
They use surgical glue which is better than staples IMO.
I stayed in the area for 5 days after discharge and then flew home. Bought a soft neck pillow, Flight home was 1:30mins so was ok for me.
Will be more than happy to talk to you or your friend and help out. Let me know
I am thinking of going back to work this week...